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Sheet No: 57

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Hannah Elizabeth Milgate was born about 1841 in Beckley, Sussex, England – the daughter of Thomas Milgate, an agricultural labourer, and Phoebe.

She married Levi Lewis Larkin, also an agricultural labourer, in 1870. Their first child died in infancy then another two children were born before the family emigrated to Otago in 1879 on the Stadt Haarlem

Two more daughters were born after their arrival in the country. In 1886 tragedy struck the family when their four-year-old daughter Mary was run over by a horse-drawn tram, she died later that day in the Dunedin Hospital.

When Hannah signed the suffrage petition the family were living in Smith St, Caversham – they later moved to Hyde where their daughter was living.

Levy died in Hyde in 1910, he is buried in the Hyde Cemetery.

Hannah then went to live with another daughter in Utiku near Taihape. She died there on 14 September 1913 and is buried in the Taihape Cemetery.


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